June 2016
  • Day9

    Lake Brienz and Geissbach Waterfall

    June 27, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Train ride from Meiringen along the shores of Lake Brienz to take a lake steamer over to Geissbach waterfall. The waterfall comes right down to the edge of the lake, and has a stepped walkway going up the side of the waterfall. At the top the path passes right behind the falls with a view back to the Grand Hotel. A very impressive place to stand with the water coming down in front of you and the cool spray on your face. I walked down the pathway through the woods, and sat at the lakeside for the ferry ride back. Such a lovely spot to take in the scenery and reflect on all the amazing places I've seen in one of my favourite countries.Read more

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  • Day8

    Meiringen and Aare Gorge

    June 26, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Aare Gorge is a short pleasant walk from Meiringen, or an even shorter mini train ride. I went early so was almost on my own walking the walkway through the shady gorge with just the sounds of the water, the cool air, and the dappled sunlight. Its not an especially long gorge, but a very beautiful place to visit.Read more

  • Day7

    Gelmerbahn Funicular

    June 25, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    I left Zermatt behind and took the train to Meiringen for a few days. It is most famous for the Reichenbach Falls, but a far more spectacular day trip is Gelmersbahn to ride the Gelmer funicular, the steepest in Europe. It literally goes backwards up the side of a mountain at a near vertical angle. It's a slow ride but would be very scary for anyone suffering from vertigo. I concentrated on admiring the view and tried not to think about the mechanics that were keeping us from plummeting back downwards. At the top was a walk to a spectacular glacial lake. Very peaceful as there are only the funicular passengers up there. The ride down has to be prebooked when you buy your ticket, as the funicular only does the journey a few times a day. Going down was interesting as on the first part of the journey the track literally disappears over the edge of the cliff in front of you. Back at ground level there is a short walk to a rope bridge over a gorge with a waterfall below, so lots of wow factor scenery today.Read more

  • Day6

    Beautiful walking in Zermatt

    June 24, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    I took the high speed funicular inside a mountain, a bit like a Disney ride, with a small patch of blue up ahead gradually getting bigger as suddenly you emerge into the sunshine of Sunegga plateau. Just a small lake, and walking trails heading off in different directions. I set off to walk down to Zermatt, passing through flower filled meadows, a field of cows, mountain restaurants with scenic backdrops, the Matterhorn on the horizon and once again hot sun overhead. This was one of the best mountain walks I have done, with the path gradually descending, passing through a pine forest offering some dappled shade, across the Gornergrat rail tracks and back into Zermatt main street where the temperature was in the high 80's.Read more

  • Day5

    Gornergrat and the Matterhorn

    June 23, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Cog railway station at end of the main street took me up to Gornergrat, a 30 minute ride through 4 intermediate stations. Matterhorn with blue sky beyond, a postcard perfect picture. It was 10000ft at top viewing area, air felt crisp and clean, but still quite warm. I took train back down to Rotenboten station for short walk to Riffelsee Lake. The Matterhorn was brilliantly reflected in the glacial waters. Could anywhere be more beautiful? I hiked down to the next train station, taking a wrong turning at one point due to a lack to signs, got back on the right trail and had to cross a section of deep soft snow blocking my way, with hot sun overhead. This is such a wonderful place to hike, not many people around, the peace of the mountains, and that Matterhorn view making you want to keep looking at it because it is just so beautiful.Read more

  • Day4

    Train ride to Zermatt

    June 22, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Left Lucerne for train to Bern, then connection for train to Visp, then a change for the red train up to little Zermatt. The train negotiated curves and occasional steep sections, windows open, fresh air coming in, snow capped peaks around, the odd wispy waterfall. Arrived in Zermatt after 3 and a half hours of train travel. Such a pretty place, the Matterhorn dominates the skyline, and electric buggies whizz up and down the traffic free streets. Postcard views at every turn. Lots of walking trails to be explored. The perfect alpine resort.Read more

  • Day3

    Train to Mount Rigi

    June 21, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Sunny day perfect for a trip up Mount Rigi, via the ferry from Lucerne to Vitznau. The Rigi cog railway takes 40 minutes giving beautiful views over the lake and white capped mountains, dense forested slopes, past a field of pretty cows with their neck bells clanging, past a swiss chalet, the aroma of freshly mown grass. View from the summit are once again spectacular, with the Alps in the distance. Lots of red benches to sit and bask in the hot sun, even at 6000ft altitude. . Such a wonderful and easy trip to take from Lucerne, and get the full on Swiss experience.Read more

  • Day2

    Stanserhorn Cable Car

    June 20, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Short train ride from Lucerne to Stans to take the Cabrio Open Air Cable Car. Fantastic views from the open air top deck and lovely to be out in the fresh air as we ascended rather than inside the cable car (the bottom deck is an enclosed area for those who don't want to brave the open air). A 12 minute ride to the top for idyllic views of Lake Lucerne and surrounding countryside. A beautiful day to be up a Swiss mountain.Read more

  • Day1

    Lucerne

    June 19, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Easy train ride from Zurich Airport to Lucerne, about 65 minutes, sunny weather and beautiful views of Lake Lucerne. Took a walk to the famous Lion Monument, but crowded with school groups. A pleasant stroll around the lakeside promenade was much quieter, watching the lake steamers go to and fro. Hopped on one for a relaxing trip around the lake taking in the scenery.Read more